BET Honors “Black Girls (Who) Rock”.

This year’s Black Girls Rock was one of my absolute favorites because some Black women were honored that I truly believe deserved to be recognized for their excellence in what it is that they do. Excellence. It is something many strive for but achieved by very few because excellence often times takes a great amount of work. Many of us want to “do” but don’t want to “do the work” necessary to achieve the greatness that we sit in audiences or in our living rooms to view. Most of us may just feel like we can’t withstand the pressure or the sheer nerve that it takes to be great. The comfort zone does not exist when you are standing on stage in front of thousands to perform or stand in a boardroom to pitch a brilliant idea. Achievers like Beyonce and many of her performer peers assume a personality for the stage. We have come to learn that her Alter Ego’s name is “Sasha Fierce”. She assumes an entire persona necessary to take charge and take the stage. In reality, the Alter Ego is probably very much more her actual personality than anything else. You don’t achieve greatness by just being able to perform on stage. A woman like her exude the same type of fierceness and grabs the reigns behind the scene as well.

A look at some of my favorites from “Black Girls Rock”:

brandy

Brandy’s performance was amazing and she looked fantastic.

tracee

Tracee was the hostess with the mostest. She did a wonderful job, as per usual.

kelly

Ok Ms. Rowland. Come through.

monica

Monica and her little baby girl looked like angels.

danai

Danai’s speech was spectacular.

rihanna

My favorite Bajan lady, Rihanna, told the girls to just be themselves. Message.

gladysknight

Ms. Gladys Knight was honored and she performed a medley of hits. Loved it!

honorees

The honorees stood on stage together at the close of the show and Ms. Shonda was beaming.

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Can we take a minute to just acknowledge how great Jazmine’s performance was and she is serving face and hair.

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Essence Superb Brooklyn Block Party Celebrating #StreetStyle. #EssenceStyle

What better place to throw the quintessential block party than Brooklyn! Essence held it’s first annual block party in DUMBO on September the 7th and it was beautiful. The people were beautiful. The vibes were beautiful and we got a chance to see some of our favorite brands represented like, SheaMoisture and Chevrolet. SheaMoisture provided booths for kiddie face painting, make-up application, hairstyling and massages. They did this all while showcasing some of our favorite @SheaMoisture4u products. I can’t wait to try the Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo. We saw one of our favorites, A Tribe Called Curl, working with SheaMoisture bringing us all of the behind the scenes look from the SheaMoisture tent. Ms. Joy Layne was on the scene interviewing and bringing us all of the happenings from the event.

Chevrolet was at the #ChevyChic booth @chevrolet. You were able to take a picture for your IG and Chevy gave you a cool print of your picture after it went on your Instagram. Nice keepsake. Chevrolet also provided three wrapped cars to represent the work of three cool designers who were featured by Essence:  Melody Eshani, Ron Bass and Kimberly Goldson.

The stage was the hotspot for performances from Jazmine Sullivan, a street style fashion show (which was crashed by the ever gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross), keynote from the First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray and Vanessa Simmons. This was one of the best NYC free events that I have attended in some time. Brava Essence!

Checking #EssenceStyle

Checking #EssenceStyle

The Essence Street Style Red Carpet. All of the street style fashionistas had the chance to capture their own image on the carpet.

The Essence Street Style Red Carpet. All of the street style fashionistas had the chance to capture their own image on the carpet.

A cool look from featured designer and one of my favorites, Melody Ehsani.

A cool look from featured designer and one of my favorites, Melody Ehsani. @MelodyEhsani Designer and @Lunaangel Model

The elegant Kimberly Godson look.

The elegant Kimberly Goldson look.

The edgy yet casual Ron Bass man. Nice!

The edgy yet casual Ron Bass man. Nice! @BassbyRonBass

Jazmine Sullivan rocked the stage.

Jazmine Sullivan rocked the stage.

A tribe Called Curl's own jay Layne did interviews from the SheaMoisture tent.

A tribe Called Curl’s own Joy Layne did interviews from the SheaMoisture tent. @iamjoylayne @tribecalledcurl

 

Now lets get to some fierce street style!

Loved this cool retro look.

Loved this cool retro look.

Its all about the details...elegant bag.

Its all about the details…elegant bag.

scarf and shades.

scarf and shades. @nimaford

Bold color with the shoes.

Bold color with the shoes.

Fly Afro.

Fly Afro. @Onlyzipporah_

Elegant Updo.

Elegant Updo.

Casual Clutch.

Casual Clutch.

Always say, "yes" to torn denim.

Always say, “yes” to torn denim. @feliciaverna

Hair and jewels for the free spirit.

Hair and jewels for the free spirit.

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They aren't a couple just great friends. FlyLifeImages.

They aren’t a couple just great friends. @FlyLifeImages.  @feliciaverna

The guys were stylin' and profiling' too.

The guys were stylin’ and profiling’ too.

All Photos by John Ricard: http://www.johnricard.com

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